Revlon

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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Best Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Revlon Matte Lipstick  $7.99
Best Super Lustrous Lipstick Revlon Cream Lipstick  $7.99
Good Super Lustrous Lipgloss Revlon Lip Gloss  $6.99
Poor Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick Revlon Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow  $8.99
Average Powder Blush Revlon Powder Blush  $9.79
Average PhotoReady Translucent Finisher Revlon Pressed Powder  $12.99
Best PhotoReady SkinLights Face Illuminator Revlon Face Shine  $12.99
Average PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette Revlon Blush  $11.00
Average PhotoReady Primer + Shadow Revlon Powder Eyeshadow  $9.99
Average PhotoReady Powder SPF 14 Revlon Pressed Powder w/ Sunscreen  $12.99
Good PhotoReady Perfecting Primer Revlon Foundation Primer  $12.99 0.91 fl. oz.
Good PhotoReady Makeup SPF 20 Revlon Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $13.99
Poor PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eyeliner Revlon Eye Pencil  $7.69
Average PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener Revlon Eyeshadow Primers  $9.99
Best PhotoReady Cream Blush Revlon Cream/Cream-to-Powder Blush or Bronzer  $12.99
Poor PhotoReady Concealer SPF 20 Revlon Concealer with Sunscreen  $9.99
Average PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer Revlon Foundation Primer  $12.99 0.91 fl. oz.
Best PhotoReady Bronzer Revlon Powder Bronzer  $12.99
Best PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector SPF 30 Revlon BB Cream  $10.99 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup Revlon Cream Foundation  $13.99
Best PhotoReady 3D Volume Waterproof Mascara Revlon Waterproof Mascara  $8.99
Good PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara Revlon Mascara  $8.99
Best New Complexion One Step Compact Makeup SPF 15 Revlon Cream-to-Powder Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $12.99
Average New Complexion Makeup (Discontinued) Revlon Liquid Foundation  $11.99
Best Nearly Naked Pressed Powder Revlon Pressed Powder  $9.99
Best Nearly Naked Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Revlon Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $9.99
Average Moon Drops Lipstick Revlon Cream Lipstick  $8.99
Poor Moon Drops Lip Conditioner SPF 6 Revlon Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $8.99
Good Matte Powder Eyeshadow (Discontinued) Revlon Powder Eyeshadow  $4.99
Good Matte Powder Blush Revlon Powder Blush  $9.79
Good Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon (Discontinued) Revlon Eye Pencil  $8.49
Poor Luxurious Color Perle Eye Shadow (Discontinued) Revlon Powder Eyeshadow  $4.99
Average Luxurious Color Kohl Eyeliner (Discontinued) Revlon Eye Pencil  $9.99
Good Luxurious Color Eyeliner Revlon Eye Pencil  $9.99
Best Lash Potion Volume & Length Waterproof Mascara Revlon Waterproof Mascara  $4.99
Average Lash Potion Mascara Revlon Regular Mascara  $5.99
Good Lash Fantasy Total Definition Waterproof Primer & Mascara Revlon Waterproof Mascara  $8.99
Good Lash Fantasy Total Definition Primer & Mascara Revlon Regular Mascara  $8.99
Average Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm Revlon Lip Tint/Lip Stain  $8.99
Average Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Revlon Lip Tint/Lip Stain  $8.99
Best Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow Revlon Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow  $6.50
Good Grow Luscious Plumping Waterproof Mascara Revlon Waterproof Mascara  $7.99
Good Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara Revlon Regular Mascara  $8.99
Average Grow Luscious Lash Liner Revlon Eye Pencil  $7.69
Average Grow Luscious by Fabulash Mascara and Lash Enhancer Revlon Regular Mascara  $8.99
Average Grow Luscious by Fabulash Mascara & Lash Enhancer Waterproof Revlon Waterproof Mascara  $8.99
Poor Fabulash Mascara Waterproof (Discontinued) Revlon Waterproof Mascara  $6.99
Average Eterna 27 Moisture Cream with Progenitin (Discontinued) Revlon Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $16.99 2.00 fl. oz.
Average Eterna 27 All-Day Moisture Cream (Discontinued) Revlon Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $14.59 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Double Twist Mascara (Discontinued) Revlon Regular Mascara  $8.99
Poor CustomEyes Waterproof Mascara Revlon Waterproof Mascara  $8.99
Best CustomEyes Shadow & Liner Revlon Powder Eyeshadow  $8.99
Good CustomEyes Mascara Revlon Regular Mascara  $8.99
Average Custom Creations SPF 15 Foundation (Discontinued) Revlon Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $13.99 1.00 fl. oz.
Best Cream Blush Revlon Cream/Cream-to-Powder Blush or Bronzer  $9.79
Best Colorstay Whipped Crème Makeup Revlon Cream-to-Powder Foundation  $13.99
Good ColorStay Under Eye Concealer SPF 15 Revlon Concealer with Sunscreen  $9.99
Average ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick Revlon Long-Wearing Lipstick  $8.50
Poor ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick Revlon Long-Wearing Lipstick  $10.99
Good ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor (Discontinued) Revlon Long-Wearing Lipstick  $9.99
Average ColorStay ShadowLinks Revlon Powder Eyeshadow  $2.99
Good ColorStay Pressed Powder Revlon Pressed Powder  $9.99
Average ColorStay Overtime Sheer Lipcolor (Discontinued) Revlon Long-Wearing Lipstick  $9.99
Good Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor Revlon Long-Wearing Lipstick  $9.99
Best Colorstay Overtime Lengthening Mascara Revlon Regular Mascara  $7.99
Average ColorStay Mineral Lipglaze Revlon Mineral Lipstick/Lip Balm  $8.99
Poor ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder (Discontinued) Revlon Mineral Powder  $13.99
Good ColorStay Mineral Blush/Bronzer Revlon Mineral Blush  $13.99
Average ColorStay Makeup with Softflex for Combination/Oily Skin SPF 6 (Discontinued) Revlon Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $12.99
Average Colorstay Makeup Normal/Dry Skin Revlon Liquid Foundation  $12.99
Average Colorstay Makeup Combination/Oily Skin Revlon Liquid Foundation  $12.99
Best ColorStay Liquid Liner Revlon Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $7.49
Best ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen Revlon Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $8.99
Best ColorStay Lipliner Revlon Lipliner  $7.99
Average ColorStay Eyeliner Revlon Eye Pencil  $7.49
Average ColorStay Creme Gel Eyeliner Revlon Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $9.99
Best ColorStay Concealer Revlon Liquid Concealer  $9.99
Average ColorStay Brow Enhancer Revlon Brow Powder/Wax  $8.99
Average ColorStay Blemish Concealer (Discontinued) Revlon Liquid Concealer  $9.99
Average ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup SPF 13 Revlon Powder Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $13.99
Good ColorStay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder Revlon Mineral Powder  $13.99
Good Colorstay 16 HR Eye Shadow Revlon Powder Eyeshadow  $7.49
Good ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad (Discontinued) Revlon Powder Eyeshadow  $6.99
Poor ColorBurst Matte Balm Revlon Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $8.99
Good Colorburst Lipstick Revlon Cream Lipstick  $8.99
Good Colorburst Lipgloss Revlon Lip Gloss  $7.99
Best Colorburst Lip Butters Revlon Sheer Lipstick  $7.49
Poor ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Revlon Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $8.99
Average Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel Revlon Brow Pencil  $7.49
Good Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer (Discontinued) Revlon Foundation Primer  $12.99 0.85 fl. oz.
Average Beyond Natural Defining Eye Pencil (Discontinued) Revlon Eye Pencil  $7.99
Average Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler Revlon Wrinkle Fillers  $12.99
Best Age Defying with DNA Advantage Powder Revlon Pressed Powder  $13.99
Good Age Defying with DNA Advantage Cream Makeup SPF 20 Revlon Cream Foundation w/ Suncreen  $14.99
Best Age Defying with DNA Advantage Concealer Revlon Liquid Concealer  $10.99
Good Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment Revlon Liquid Concealer  $12.99
Good Age Defying Spa Foundation SPF 18 (Discontinued) Revlon Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $13.99
Good Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator SPF 18 (Discontinued) Revlon Highlighter  $13.99
Good Age Defying Spa Concealer (Discontinued) Revlon Cream Concealer  $10.49
Best Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm SPF 20 Revlon Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $13.99
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